NaBloPoMo: The Hare and Bear

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Quite recently one of the top trends of twitter was #hareandbear and I had no idea what that meant until I sat down to watch Downton with the fam and saw the advert.

Yes, it is a lovely advert…the bear can’t wake up so a hare buys him an alarm clock so he can be with all the animals on Christmas morning with the slogan ‘Give someone a Christmas they will never forget’. How sweet, right?

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It first hit our screens on Saturday 9th November during the advert break of X-Factor.

Having read all the tweets about this famous hare and bear, I was looking forward to finally catching a glimpse of them. When I finally saw the advert I did think it was lovely, especially the way it had been hand drawn (the first in UK history to use pencil drawings).

The work that must have gone into the creation of this £7 million advert obviously paid off due to the amount of hype that surrounded it.

I did however hear a very funny thing on Greg James’ Radio 1 show, unfortunately I didn’t catch who was speaking but whoever it was, firstly, didn’t understand why hare was on top of the bear.

He went on to say:

“There once was an animal that had never seen Christmas – what a looser.”

“Oh he is yawning look, let him sleep he is a bear.”

“What? is the hare in love with him or something?”

“Oh look, here we go, the bears awake now. Why does the hare care so much? The hare bought the bear an alarm clock. It is a bear, don’t wake it up it is supposed to be asleep.”

Whether you think it is silly or ‘cute’, it is the song that I fell in love with; Lily Allen’s eerie rendition of Kean’s Somewhere Only We Know.

If you have not heard it yet, I suggest you get yourselves to their website.

As usual, John Lewis do not disappoint on getting everyone in the mood for Christmas. My Dad even said the advert makes him want to shop at John Lewis, and that is solid proof of its success because he hates shopping!

Christmas makes me happy.

A month to go 🙂

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NaBloPoMo: Downton Abbey

Every Sunday I look forward to watching Downton Abbey, on the sofa, cup of tea in hand, with my family…this makes me happy.

Tonight, I await to hear the final sound of the servant bells that symbolises the beginning of the programme for the last time this series.

This will be the fourth year that I have been glued to my television screen every Sunday evening, and it definitely hasn’t gotten old or boring, as a shocking and controversial rape scene hit our screens.

I think what shocked the nation the most was the choice of the rape victim, the lovely Anna (Joanne Froggatt). I beg for a happy ending for poor Mr Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna. They have been put through enough over the past year with Bates nearly being hung for a murder he did not commit. Don’t they deserve a happy ending?

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Will Bates find out who the evil rapist is on tonights episode? Let’s just hope that he doesn’t do anything stupid!

I also can’t wait to see what comes of the scandalous affair between Lady Rose (Lily James) and the black bandleader Jack Ross (Gary Carr). I think this storyline is brilliant and has been handled with ease and grace, unlike what was anticipated by many critiques prier to Carr’s first screening.

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Creator, Jullian Fellowes, hasn’t made Carr’s appearance on the period drama, as the only black man, a vehicle for a sob story, nor has he concentrated in on any racial slander. He was invited by whimsical Rose to an event at Downton and was allowed to play his music, admittedly with a few raised eyebrows from the family.

According to Gary Carr, the fact that he was invited to stay at Downton Abbey would have been possible back in the twenties, because it wasn’t uncommon for Jazz artists from the US to tour Europe.

On a side note, I also think he is a lovely singer and apparently he has been singing all his own songs on the programme.

In the adverts we glimpse a British Bake Off style garden party which I cannot wait to watch. I wonder if Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) will have sorted out her pregnancy problem, or found the man responsible, in time to sit down with a piece of cake in the grand grounds of the Abbey?

Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) has also provided endless humorous remarks throughout this series and I think she plays a great a part.

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I cannot forget my favourite character Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), with all the suitable bachelors circling her, I do hope she is able to find her happy ending in one of them. I do not think we will find this out until the Christmas special though.

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As always, this series has proven, with its 12 million or so fans, that Downton Abbery is a quality period drama.

After tonights episode is over, I will surely have no idea what to do with myself on a Sunday evening, until the Christmas special is aired. I may have to watch re-runs to keep me entertained.